Poop, Spit-up, and Other Yucky Stuff

Tips on How to Deal

"I think I'm gonna be sick..."

Skeeved by what's dripping out of your baby's nose or diaper? It doesn't make you a bad mom! Try these tricks to quell the queasies.

"Switch off with your partner," says Dr. McAllister. If you can handle boogers but can't do eye drops, divide and conquer the dirtier jobs.

Pretend you're on Grey's.
Wear a disposable germ mask (available at drugstores, McDreamy not included) when dealing with a diaper blowout.

Breathe through your nose.
This may be hard to believe, but breathing through your mouth actually triggers a gag reflex more quickly.

Suck on some salt.
If you're worried you'll gag, dip a moist finger in table salt and dab it on the tip of your tongue. Weird, but it works!

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of American Baby magazine.

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